Happy Anniversary

Today Andrew and I celebrate our 9 year wedding anniversary so it seems there would be no better day than today to introduce this new site to you.  Formerly known as HeatherVreeland.com – a poorly tended to soapbox I used at various points in time to share random musings (mostly rants) – has been transformed into a shared space for Andrew and I to update our friends, family and circle of influence (whoever that may be) with what our real life is like being married and being in business together.  Welcome to our virtual reality show.  Just kidding.  No really.  IDK.

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I never gave the previous platform much attention because while I do love to write and am a natural “over-sharer” it always felt very unnatural to just be blogging by myself.  While I am very much the face of what we do at our company, I am in no way the only part of the engine that keeps our business running – yet people always think that this gig is all mine.  It’s not.

I am the optimistic, dreamer and doer.  I often describe Andrew as the weight to my bushel of balloons.  If it weren’t for him I’d be all over the place.  Over worked, inefficient and out of control and so would our business.

His perspective helps me focus my energies toward the most efficient workflows and effective area of growth for our business… and for the beginning 7 years of our business – he did all that while also managing thousands of air planes flying at 500 miles an hour.  Talk about a multi-tasker.

The core reason Occasions Media Group is what it is today is because, as Andrew once said, “My wife is a genius and I have a loose wallet.”  Pretty much.  I only began to think it was possible to start a business until I met Andrew.  When we were first married he supported whatever it was I wanted to do – be it start a family, find a job or start a company.  I chose the later and he asked how much was it going to cost – both financially and emotionally for a newly married couple – and then he bet both on my vision and alas here we are together, today.

It’s not all rainbows and unicorns like it sounds or may seem when you flip through the pages of our magazines or instagram feeds.  We’re not the perfect couple, but we try to live humbly in God’s perfect vision and plan for our life.   One thing we both wholeheartedly agree on is that there is a mass amount of transparency that is lacking in today’s online arena that misleads people to think that business, marriage and parenthood is easy.  So – you won’t find any of that here.  We’re all about keeping it real.

Photo by Zach Thomas of Monarch Studios

Stay tuned for more stories of struggle and triumph and probably potty training horror stories.

Happy Anniversary Andrew – we made it 9 years!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11.

Asher is 7 Months + Family Pictures… Finally

Words.  That’s typically the space filler I use when I begin to create a blog post as I add images in first.  Then I usually go back and fill in what I want those words to be.  But today I’m at a loss… what words are there in the English language, or any other language for that matter, that can precisely communicate with you the joy my heart feels being a wife, mom and putting family first.  None.

So…. pictures instead.  And how lovely they are.  As I type this Asher will be 7 months this week.  My heart.

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Our photos were taken by Wedding photographer, Debra Eby.  I met Debra while lunching with her, my friend and team member Serena and another talented photographer Emily A. a few weeks ago. We had actually all been at the opening of The Conservatorie in St. Augustine a week prior but didn’t realize it until we posted photos on Instagram.  So… to actually BE social (like… in person) and start meeting wedding vendors in Northeast Florida we scheduled a lunch date and now I have a family photographer for life.  Yay.

She took hundreds… here are some of my favorites.

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With all the amazing technology and crazy talented photographers out there today, every family should have the treasure of family photos like these.  Best investment I’ve made.  These beauties will be gracing our Christmas cards this year and nearly every wall in my house.